Living with cancer is a full time job. When you've got one person in your household who is a full-time worker and full-time carer and the other person is full-time trying to feel better, simple things like cooking and cleaning are incredibly hard to manage.
We weren't eligible for "Meals on Wheels" as we didn't meet the selection criteria for this wonderful service. We did have family members and friends come and help out (which we are very grateful for), but in terms of ongoing chores, we found two really great solutions:
1. Get a cleaner.
2. Get Lite n' Easy (or something similar).
"Lite n' Easy delivers great tasting, healthy meals ... a convenient solution for time poor people who are too busy to shop or cook everyday." (www.liteneasy.com.au)
This was us in a nutshell. We only ordered their dinners.
You don't have to join any "plan", talk to any consultant, or sign up for anything ongoing. You just jump online, click "dinners only", choose what you want, and they get delivered to your door. You don't even have to be home for the delivery!
The meals go directly into the freezer and only take 10 minutes or so to heat up in the microwave. We usually order 10 meals at a time: 2 x 5 different dishes. The work out to be just under $10 per dinner, which is cheaper than takeaway/delivery AND you know you're getting a balanced meal. What are the meals like? Well, of course they are not like a home-cooked or freshly-prepared meal. The have been frozen. However, they are tasty, varied, and I liken them to good quality aeroplane food.
One of our ongoing favourites is the Fisherman's Pie.
They were an absolute life saver for us.
If you know someone who has recently been diagnosed, aside from a Hatiheri headscarf, a Lite n' Easy gift voucher (or meal delivery) would make a wonderful gift.